Senate Staffer Indicates Gun Control Dead amid Impeachment Focus

Deputies toss guns onto a pile of approximately 3,500 confiscated weapons to be destroyed at Gerdau Steel Mill under supervision of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and other law enforcement agencies on July 19, 2018 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The weapons were seized in criminal investigations, probation seizures and …
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An unnamed Senate staffer told the Washington Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski that gun control legislation is dead for now, as “the impeachment inquiry” is looming.

The universal background checks, “assault weapons” ban, and other gun controls that were front and center and presented as critical for public safety are now back-burner items.

Gutowski tweeted:

The information Gutowski shared squares perfectly with one of President Trump’s tweets on Tuesday, wherein he suggested the Democrats were trading their legislative agenda for an opportunity to get Republicans (and Trump himself).

Breitbart News reported Trump’s suggestion that Democrats have dropped the pursuit of gun control, infrastructure funding, and prescription drug relief to try to hurt Republicans.

Democrat presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s promise to take away AR-15s from law-abiding citizens also hurt gun control advocacy. During the Democrat debate on September 12, 2019, O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

Trump responded by referring to O’Rourke as “Dummy Beto.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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